Katie Hammel

Contributing Writer, Via

Katie Hammel has written about travel, food, and wine for publications including BBC Travel, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, The Points Guy, Shermans Travel, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, BRIDES, and Maxim. Originally from Detroit, she lived in Seattle and Chicago before settling in the Bay Area with her husband and two cats in 2012. When she’s not exploring California’s wine regions, she’s planning her next international trip—usually to Iceland.

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